24 Jul 2015

Advocate links sexual assault and suicide attempts on Nauru

3:51 pm on 24 July 2015

An Australian group advocating for the welfare of asylum seekers and refugees in Nauru says a mother and son tried to commit suicide at the detention camp last night.

The Refugee Action Coalition's Ian Rintoul says violence at the camps on Nauru is escalating and there is little effort being made to investigate assaults.

Mr Rintoul says the latest incident is connected to a sexual assault on their sister two months ago.

He says all three have been held in isolation at the asylum detention camp since that attack, which he says police have admitted but not properly looked into.

"The whole family, the three of them have been kept incommunicado from the rest of the refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, but we also understand now that perhaps the woman has been separated from her mother and brother in a different area of the Nauru camp."